Chelsea are set to make a second offer for Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic later today.
This has been reported by the Telegraph, who claim that the west London outfit will up their initial offer of £6 million to £8m for the shot-stopper, as they go about replacing veteran Petr Cech, who completed a move to rivals Arsenal earlier this week.
Begovic, of course, is recognised as one of the most established Premier League goalkeepers in the game, having produced the goods week in, week out at the Britannia Stadium on a consistent basis.
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The report goes on to claim that the west London outfit have made the 'keeper their No.1 priority to replace Cech in this transfer window, with the Blues seemingly hoping to secure the deal sooner rather than later.
There's a twist, though, with the same report claiming that Mark Hughes and Co. are hoping to land a Chelsea player on a season-long loan as part of the Begovic deal.
In fact, the Telegraph claim that Stoke have an interest in the quartet of Victor Moses, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Patrick Bamford and Nathan Ake, with one of them possibly heading in the opposite direction in the near future.
It remains to be seen as to whether Chelsea hand Stoke the opportunity to secure the services of one of their stars, but it certainly appears that the Premier League champions are hoping to push this deal through as soon as possible.
Let's be honest, Chelsea were never going to be able to sign anyone in the class of Cech following his departure to Arsenal, but Begovic is a tremendous backup option for the club. Ultimately, at 28-years of age, the Bosnian is the experienced and established goalkeeper the club will be able to rely on if Courtois picks up an injury throughout the course of the campaign.
It's a tricky one for Begovic, though. At the end of the day, he will be handed the opportunity to move to one of the biggest clubs in Europe, but he may well struggle for first-team opportunities.
At the end of the day, Courtois could prove Chelsea's No.1 'keeper for the next decade, so it's extremely unlikely that the Stoke man will ever play week in, week out at Stamford Bridge. It may well prove a struggle on a personal basis for the goalkeeper, but the prospect of winning trophies will surely give him something to consider.
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